Summary

  • Ingolstadt second from bottom in their second top-flight campaign.
  • Walpurgis turned fortunes around after replacing Kauczinski.
  • Became first team to beat Leipzig in the Bundesliga.

At the halfway point of the 2016/17 Bundesliga season, it is time for bundesliga.com to dissect the campaigns of each club so far.

Here we take a look at FC Ingolstadt 04...

Story so far

Ingolstadt's season started on a clean page, following the summer departure of coach Ralph Hasenhüttl to RB Leipzig and the arrival of Markus Kauczinski on the Bavarians' bench. A 1-1 draw at Hamburger SV on the opening day suggested they had not lost any of their resolve, and they reaffirmed that with a 3-3 draw with Borussia Dortmund, but a first win remained elusive until Matchday 11 – Maik Walpurgis' first game in charge following Kauczinski's dismissal. A memorable 1-0 win over Leipzig, which saw Ingolstadt become the first team to beat the league newcomers followed, but they head into 2017 still with a lot of work to do to get out of relegation danger.

Watch: Highlights of Ingolstadt's 1-0 win over Leipzig:

Star player: Roger

Nobody personifies Ingolstadt's grit and resolve better than defensive midfielder Roger, who has well and truly held things together for Walpurgis' men. His goal against Leipzig will go down in the history books as the one which inflicted the first defeat on the league newcomers while with 15 starts from 16 games, he has been reliably one of the first names on the team sheet.

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Roger (c.) was Ingolstadt's unlikely match-winner against Leipzig on Matchday 14.

Honourable mention: Mathew Leckie

He may not have been as prolific in front of goal as in recent seasons, but Australia international Mathew Leckie has nevertheless been a key feature of Ingolstadt's build-up play, and his 25 shots have been the most by an Ingolstadt player this season.

Australia international Mathew Leckie (l.) is no stranger to hard work.

Top facts

  • The six games Ingolstadt lost between 10 September and 15 October is the longest losing streak the Bavarians have been on since gaining promotion to the Bundesliga.
  • Ingolstadt have amassed ten points in six games under Walpurgis compared to the two in ten they accrued under Kauczinski.
  • Before losing to SC Freiburg on Matchday 16, Ingolstadt had picked up more points in their previous five games than any other club outside the top two in the Bundesliga.